A number of the city’s most popular parks and lawns will be given a springtime tune-up from late September to October. This is in preparation for the busy, event-filled and hopefully sunny summer months ahead, when they’ll get a lot of usage from Wellingtonians and visitors alike.
Some of the central city’s busiest lawns – Aro Park, Te Aro Park, Midland Park and Glover Park – will be fenced-off for up to 30 days to let nature do its work and allow the new grass to germinate and grow ready for the areas to be used again. Dog exercise areas, which are also well utilised, need this time to be renovated to recover from the heavy winter use. We want to ensure that these areas can still be used – but there will be some restrictions.
The Council’s Parks, Sport and Recreation Manager, Paul Andrews, says various procedures will be carried out. These include topdressing, weed control, drainage work, fertilising, and sowing with new grass seed.
Here’s the list of lawns getting a makeover:
- Te Aro Park (partially fenced off for up to 4-5 weeks)
- Glover Park (partially fenced off for up to 4-5 weeks)
- Midland Park (fenced off for up to 4-5 weeks)
- Cobblestone Park
- Bunny Street lawns
- Railway Station lawns
- Post Office Square
- Magyar Millennium Park, corner of Molesworth and Hawkestone streets (partially fenced off for up to 4-5 weeks)
- Civic Centre, including Jack Ilott Green
- Cummings Park dog exercise area, Ngaio
- Aro Park (fenced off for up to 4-5 weeks)
- Katherine Mansfield Park, Hobson St
- Waititi Lawn (outside Parliament, corner of Lambton Quay and Molesworth St)
- Cog Park dog exercise area (closed for 4-5 weeks)
- Kent Terrace
- Ian Galloway Park dog exercise area, (closed for 4-5 weeks)